The Consult Centre has invited local business professionals to write a guest blog. This week, it's the turn of Diane Allan from Colonics North West...
Poo. Everyone does it and I agree some are better at it than others.
Some talk about it a lot, others are embarrassed about it and then there are some that suffer in silence.
Now I can talk about poo all day long and that’s just as well really.
Let me introduce myself. I’m Diane, Colonic Therapist at Sue Shields Spa in Carnforth and at the Natural Health Centre, Ulverston.
I’ve been having colonics myself for over 25 years and have been practicing as a therapist since 2004.
I have treated literally thousands of clients and learn so much from each and every one – and still do to this day.
I often get asked what made me get into colonics in the first place. Simple – it helped me, I know it works and the satisfaction I get from helping my clients improve their own health is so rewarding and makes it all worthwhile.
Colonic irrigation is the introduction of warm purified water into the large intestine/colon/bowel via the rectum to soften, loosen and release faecal waste, gas and any other nasties hanging about!
The treatment itself, with the water, normally lasts anything from 30 to 60 minutes depending on your comfort and what’s coming out when.
Colonic irrigation can help with many digestive issues, such as constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, bloating, gas, etc.
Likewise, you don’t have to have a complaint as such to benefit from the many positives experienced from having a treatment – a sense of feeling lighter, cleaner, fresher, empty, less bloated around the middle, improving overall digestion and well-being.
In clinic recently, especially with the lead up to the second lockdown, I have noticed an increase in Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) type of complaints.
Even many of my regular clients were mentioning excess bloating, excessive wind, constipation or having to dash to the toilet. There were, and probably still are, a lot of stressed out bellies!
Now I’m not saying that all IBS is a result of stress and anxiety but from my experience over the years and especially these past few months, it certainly plays a big part. Our bowels are very responsive to stresses and anxieties.
IBS is a huge umbrella of symptoms and quite often your GP will diagnose you with IBS as there is no medical condition as such to explain your individual symptoms.
I say 'individual' because we are all different.
Typical IBS complaints include - indigestion, reflux, bloating, excess wind, constipation and/or diarrhoea, urgent bowel movements and cramping.
You may suffer with all of the above or just one or two. It can come on very quickly or over a few days.
There is definitely a strong link between your gut and brain. The gut is known to be called the Second Brain (check out the book 'The Second Brain' by Michael Gershon) and where do the sayings 'gut feeling', 'gut instinct' and 'butterflies in your stomach' come from?
There has to be a link between our emotions and our bowels and your emotions will have an impact on your digestive health. It may not rear its ugly head straight away and maybe not at all, but just be aware.
If you are feeling bloated, uncomfortable or suffering with your own bowel movements – don’t suffer in silence. I am more than happy to chat with you and to give you individual advice.
For more information see my website Colonics North West